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06:27 pm - Beginning my fifteen minutes
So as I keep mentioning, I've been hired to do backing vocals for an instructional singing product.

Today I had a meeting with some of the guys at the studio, and I mentioned at one point that I think there should be more accordion and xylophone in popular music. One of the guys went, "DUDE! I totally agree!" We spent some time talking about accordion artists like Corn Mo, Frankie Yankovic, Weird Al, John Linnell and Dick Dale (the accordianist from the Lawrence Welk Show, not the king of surf guitar)... His face lit up as he told me, “you should really do an accordion album!”

I um, I don't know how to play the accordion. And I told him that.

He said, "Who cares? Half the artists on the Top 40 can't really sing. You can just wing it.”

So went had coffee at Mother Fools and talked about ideas for this album he thinks I should do, and darned if he hasn't convinced me. I'm a little worried about the fact that (as I said) I can't play, but he assures me that they can fix even the worst playing in the studio, and I'm not THAT bad.

My only real problem with this project is that he has his heart set on the album being called “Hand Puppet Fetish,” which I find kind of lackluster and unfunny. I'm going to brainstorm ideas and come up with a list of better titles. Otherwise, though, I'm feeling more and more excited the more I think about it. He told me to come up with a few demos, and I've only been home from the meeting for a little more than an hour, but I already have some recorded. As I said, I don't play accordion, but I've got enough experience with keyboard instruments that I can sort of kind of fake it. Here are short samples from the two I'm proudest of:
Busey Boy (originally recorded by Corn Mo on his album, The Magic is You!)

Hole in the Knee of My Pants (Original composition)

Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: I'm trying to work out the chords to She's an Angel by They Might Be Giants.

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From:laviorli
Date:April 2nd, 2006 01:56 am (UTC)
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That's great Colin! lol I agree about a different title... :)
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 3rd, 2006 02:20 am (UTC)
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Yeah, so now I feel like a jerk for doing an April Fool's day post.
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From:laviorli
Date:April 3rd, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
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Dude, it's just funny the clips and everything? Great!
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From:laviorli
Date:April 3rd, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
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oops should read just as funny. Did you know my dad played accordian? He hated it.
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From:tlhinganhom
Date:April 2nd, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)
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April fools?
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From:seanorange
Date:April 2nd, 2006 11:00 am (UTC)
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Regardless, he actually picked it up and recorded those files... hehehe

Now that I have this blackmail material, does it really matter? Mwahahaha!

~Sean
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 3rd, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
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Sean, dude, 80% of my posts contain effective blackmail material. If the Oberon video ever ends up online, I just know that it'll be used against me in the 2016 election. Hell, they'll probably take a screencap of it, and caption it with something like "Gagnon for president. Think about it." or maybe just "Yeah, 'kay."
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From:seanorange
Date:April 3rd, 2006 02:18 am (UTC)
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Aw... you had to just go and ruin my fun...

*sniff*

*tosses "Colin Revenge Plan" into the trash*

~Sean
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 3rd, 2006 02:14 am (UTC)
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tlhinganhom, you are

Ruiner
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From:seanorange
Date:April 3rd, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
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Could be worse. It could have been a bad song from a bad album.

~Sean
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From:matt_william
Date:April 2nd, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
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Hey, I'm all for accoridian music. But I never knew that Dick Dale played the accoridian!? I didn't know he could get any more cool than he already was, but I guess I'm wrong.

Speaking of accoridians, have you ever had the pleasure of John Beutel performing his accordian for you? He did once for us my sophmore year and I must say I was impressed and pleased to know that he could play such an instrument.

Matthre
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From:ribsinbacon
Date:April 2nd, 2006 07:22 am (UTC)
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Uh no. If ya read closer it's Dick Dale the accordion player from Lawrence Welk.
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From:matt_william
Date:April 2nd, 2006 12:54 pm (UTC)
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And that's why I always seem to get myself in trouble...never reading everything I see ^^;;...
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From:seanorange
Date:April 3rd, 2006 02:20 am (UTC)
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And I believe everything I read, which never gets me in trouble...

~Sean
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 3rd, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
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You should totally give Colin all of your money.
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 3rd, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
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Yeah, but your comment gives me some ideas. Last time I checked, "The King of Surf Accordion" was an unclaimed title.
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 3rd, 2006 02:26 am (UTC)

Beutel

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He did play for us once, and I was very impressed as well. I honestly do really like the accordion, and am trying (half-assedly) to learn to play.
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From:evil_jim
Date:April 2nd, 2006 08:22 am (UTC)
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I knew you had access to an accordian & had secretly been hoping that you would be able to put it to good use while it was still in your posession. Keep practising, it can only lead to greater fortunes.
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 3rd, 2006 02:33 am (UTC)
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Keep practising, it can only lead to greater fortunes.

Let's hope. I'm so sick of the ones that say things like "You are almost there!" or "Don't put your chickens in a basket before they're hatched." or "Disregard previous cookie."
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 3rd, 2006 02:29 am (UTC)
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Yeah, um, I was joking (yes, what a jerk, I know). Some people got it and some didn't, but I seriously am working on learning how to play it.
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 3rd, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
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Oh, and I miss you too. Next time, hey?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 2nd, 2006 08:43 am (UTC)

accordion

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don't ever play that freaking thing again!

R.J.
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From:evil_jim
Date:April 2nd, 2006 09:06 am (UTC)

Re: accordion

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Put that freakin' sandwich down!
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 3rd, 2006 02:15 am (UTC)

Re: accordion

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I used to be a big sandwich freaker.

Somehow this comment both was funny and made sense when I thought of it.
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 3rd, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)

Re: accordion

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But RJ, didn't you like my beautiful music?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 4th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)

Re: accordion

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not when you two freaks come running down the stairs towards my room!
Remember what weapons I have in that room! :P
They are:
2 swords, .22 Rifle, pocket knifes (lost count on how many i have) my fist, my foot, and my dirty undies!

R.J.
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From:defaultlisa
Date:April 2nd, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Awesome! You should have a lot of fun with this!
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 3rd, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
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Man... Sometimes the worst thing about admitting to an April Fool's Day joke is knowing that the admission inspires disappointment rather than relief.
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From:defaultlisa
Date:April 5th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
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I would be a little embarrassed at falling for this, but my excuse for *not* feeling embarrassed is that I have met you in person a grand total of maybe three times :-)

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From:sacredspud
Date:April 6th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
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Fair 'nuff.
Beginning my fifteen minutes - Garmonbozia for the soul.

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